With such a short summer (especially this year!), we have a lot of action to pack in a small amount of time. To make the most of a busy summer, here’s a rundown of all the best festivals being held in our city this summer.
Best for: Music aficionados, culture lovers
Winnipeg Jazz is a charitable, non-profit organization that works to bring fantastic music to Winnipeg. This year, they have a killer lineup of performances at some of the city’s best venues, including:
Kings Head Pub
Burton Cummings Theatre
West End Cultural Centre
Canadian Museum for Human Rights Patio
Royal Albert Arms
Old Market Square
If you’re looking for an easy hub to enjoy the festival, head to Old Market Square in the exchange, where there will be beer gardens and food trucks. Jazz Fest is a great way to get out and enjoy the city while supporting up and coming, local, and established independent artists.
For a full list of festival programming, please visit https://www.jazzwinnipeg.com/
Flatlander's Beer Fest
Best for: Beer connoisseurs, partygoers
The Flatlander’s Beer Fest is a charitable event that raises money for the True North Youth Foundation. Over 85 independent breweries will provide samples of their new brews and old favourites. It’s the best way to try out a myriad of new beers without breaking the bank, while supporting a good cause.
Some notable vendors:
Black Wheat Brewing
Interlake Brewing Co.
Little Brown Jug
Dead Horse Cider Company
Bee Boyzz Honey & Meadery
Trans Canada Brewing Lake of the Woods Brewing Company
Parallel 49 Brewing
Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
Stanley Park Brewing
For full details and to purchase tickets, visit https://flatlandersbeerfest.com/
Best for: Music lovers, campers
A four day festival of music, Folk Fest attracts people from all walks to come together and celebrate. With nine stages, the days on the festival grounds are full of quality live music and family-friendly programming. After hours, the party continues in the campground long into the morning. Note that you do have to have a full weekend pass in order to have access to the campground after party.
Headliners and notable performers this year:
Portugal the Man
For full details and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/
Winnipeg Fringe Fest
Best for: Thespians, Comedy lovers
With almost two weeks of shows in venues across Winnipeg, Fringe has something for everyone. To get the most of the festival, they offer a 14 show pass for $130 and an 8 show pass for $76. This is a fantastic way to support local artists, writers and performers without breaking the bank. If you don’t know where to start, head to the Old Market Square for some food truck grub and take a look at all the posters and promo ads displayed.
Check their website https://www.winnipegfringe.com/ for details on programming.
Best for: Athletes, Partiers
Held in Winnipeg’s Maple Grove Rugby Park, Super Spike is Western Canada’s largest annual volleyball tournament and concert series. Set in a fun festival environment, Super Spike encourages teams from around Manitoba to join this two day tournament. If you’re not a volleyball player, you can also enter the ultimate tournament, or just show up and enjoy the festivities. This year, performers include Delaney Jane, Rêve, and up to 8 other live performers. Bring sunscreen and plenty of water!
Check their website https://www.superspike.ca/ for details and to register!
July 31st–August 13th
Best for: Avid travelers, Foodies
Folklorama is a two week festival celebrating the diversity of Winnipeg’s people. Different communities put on elaborate pavilions across the city with cultural performances, authentic food and drink, and artifact displays.
Pavilion entrance fees are set around $7, plus a service fee, and dinner can typically be obtained for around $20. This makes for a great night out on a budget!
Check out their website for full programming details: https://folklorama.ca/
Best for: Families, foodies
ManyFest is a fantastic way to get together with locals downtown for a weekend of shows, rides, shopping, and food. There will be carnival rides, beer gardens, concerts, a local market, and programming designed for kids, all set in a central downtown area.
One of their main attractions is the famous Food Truck Wars, where people are encouraged to sample all the street food offerings and vote for their favourites. Manyfest is also a free event, so there’s no reason not to check it out!
Check out their website for full details: https://www.manyfest.ca/
Winnipeg summers are short, so get out there and make the most of this one! If you want to work with realtors who are passionate and knowledgeable about their city, reach out to Bryan at 204.891.3083!